BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The Boston Marathon isn’t the only longstanding local tradition being enjoyed this holiday weekend.

Saturday marked the return of the iconic Swan Boats to the Public Garden lagoon.

People take a ride on a Swan Boat Saturday in Boston. (Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ News Radio 1030)

People take a ride on a Swan Boat Saturday in Boston. (Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ News Radio 1030)

Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh joined a group of local schoolchildren for the first ride of the season.

This is the 140th year for the Swan Boats, which have been owned and operated by the Paget family since 1877.

Robert Paget, an Irish immigrant and shipbuilder, based the original design for the boats on the opera Lohengrin, which ends with a swan guiding the hero across a river.

The city says the oldest Swan Boat still in use is more than a century old while the newest launched in 1993. Each boat can carry up to 20 passengers.

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